SYMBOLS AND MEANINGS
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Back in Ancient times, this would distinguish who was able to work with herbs. If you were not an apprentice of someone who shared their sacred knowledge then you were probably unable to understand the symbols.
Galdrastafir (ancient Icelandic magic symbols). Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols credited with magical effect preserved in various grimoires dating from the 17th century and later. According to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the effects credited to most of the staves were very relevant to the average Icelanders of the time, who were mostly subsistence farmers and had to deal with harsh climatic conditions.